After taking multiple music lessons, most pupils are able to strum a guitar, form a chord on a piano, or tap out a 4/4 beat on a drum set. Although the learning often stops there, the music producers and industry professionals of Alive Music Hawaii further students' music education by helping them start bands and perform gigs in Oahu's many venues. During private lessons held inside King Street Recording Studios, they teach students the fundamentals of the guitar, bass, drums, or piano, helping them understand chord progressions, time signatures, and how to distinguish a guitar pick from an arrowhead.
At Nail ViVi, technicians specialize in creative, fanciful nail art influenced by Japanese 3-D design. Delicately rendered stars and hearts accent french manicures, and nail tips sparkle with glitter and tiny rhinestones. Nail ViVi also gilds nails with Calgel polish, a revolutionary soak-off gel that is formulated to not interfere with nail-bed metabolism, allowing the gel to strengthen nails before sending them to thumb war.
During the 45- to 60-minute mani-pedi, Nicole Christian, who has more than 14 years of nail-makeover experience, trims overgrown cuticles and claws after they've soaked in a soothing whirlpool bath. Next, Nicole massages legs and feet with a salt scrub, dislodges calluses, and gives quilting tips. A bright lacquered shield in your choice of color then protects digit keratin caps. During nail rejuvenation, complimentary purified water, coffee, or herbal tea refreshes insides, and minds relax even more knowing that the salon's $2 validated parking, good for up to 2.5 hours, secures coveted spots for cars and hovercrafts.
At The Modern Honolulu hotel, where accents such as a Herbie Fletcher surfboard installation join ocean-view pools, soothing scents waft in the air. They’re not from the flowers in the surrounding gardens or the waffles being seared by an iron in one of the guest rooms; rather, the scents are a result of the aromatherapy oils used in the hotel spa. Therapeutic-grade Australian eucalyptus and South African lime oils enhance everything from deep-tissue and hot-stone massages to the flowing strokes of Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.
The spa’s nail technicians rub scented scrubs and a signature blend of oils over feet and hands during luxury pedicures that may include Swarovski crystals to add a little sparkle or entrance any nearby gold diggers. Aestheticians nourish faces with Éminence Organic Skin Care products made from all-natural ingredients full of antioxidants. Luxurious add-ons, such as foot reflexology treatments and Intraceuticals Infusion oxygen facials, help round out the spa's services.
ViVi Salon & Spa aims for luxury. Whether snipping strands, waxing stubble, or gussying up nails, the techs and stylists reach straight past the bottom- and middle-of-the-line products for their topside superiors. Nail techs?all with at least five years of experience?apply eye-catching shades of OPI and China Glaze polish to nails, or massage feet as clients relax atop plush pedicure chairs and their accompanying whirling footbaths. During pedicures, they lavish feet with products such as La Palm, Gabel's Cosmetics, and Gena, exfoliating along the way with an organic pomegranate sugar scrub. Patrons while away the hours as hot-stone massages and facials dissolve tension more effectively than a clown parachuting into the middle of a duel.
Groups of up to six family, friends, and charismatic strangers can strike their favorite poses in one of Fun Pix Inc.'s seven photo booths. Sessions last anywhere from 8 to 20 minutes, owing to each booth's many editing and customization options. A variety of booth themes helps capture the style desired, including the glamorous So Beautiful 3 or the mischievous Love Joker. After printing out the photo sheets, which double as stickers, patrons can sit and cut out their photos to trade with friends. Fun Pix Inc. also boasts a selection of cell phone cases and accessories.